Three Examples of Professional Learning Communities that Can Improve Teacher Content Knowledge

I’ve researched a number of different Professional Learning Communities that I can participate in at the local and regional level. First, I meet regularly with a team of other Special Education teachers, support staff, and Behavior Consultants in my school district. Second, I can attend more events organized by PaTTAN that are designed to bring … More Three Examples of Professional Learning Communities that Can Improve Teacher Content Knowledge

3 Content-Specific and Cross-Curricular Strategies to Improve Pedagogy and Content Knowledge

Content-Specific Strategy 1 Use the PaTTAN website to find a conference where I can meet with other Special Education teachers and learn teaching strategies and build professional relationships. The Training Calendar is full of helpful events organized by PaTTAN. I viewed the event details for the 2017 National Autism Conference in State College, PA. The … More 3 Content-Specific and Cross-Curricular Strategies to Improve Pedagogy and Content Knowledge

3 Resources to Enhance Pedagogical Knowledge

SAS Tool- Power Library “Pennsylvania’s Electronic Library The electronic resources available through the Power Library are extensive and will become one of my new classroom resources because they cover a wide range of topics. In particular, I find the “Newspaper/Magazines” resource to be particularly helpful because I try to help my students find examples of … More 3 Resources to Enhance Pedagogical Knowledge

Rating Subject Content Knowledge to Improve Teaching

I’ll rate myself a 7 for learning support skills content and a 6 for a general knowledge of the main content areas. As a Special Education teacher in a Learning Support classroom, I need to have a well-rounded knowledge of many different content areas. In addition to a general knowledge of various general education subjects, … More Rating Subject Content Knowledge to Improve Teaching

Building Communication and Fostering Relationships for a Positive Classroom Culture

Communication and building relationships are key factors in creating a culture of respect and rapport Communication Strengths and Challenges I bring excellent communication skills to the classroom, but I have three strengths in particular. First, I have a strong interest and work experience working with website design and development. I’ll work to improve that skill … More Building Communication and Fostering Relationships for a Positive Classroom Culture

How Beliefs and Expectations Influence Respect in the Classroom

Respect is a crucial element to creating a classroom that fosters success and personal growth. As a student, I have had teachers that did an excellent job of making respect a part of the classroom. In particular, one former instructor in my high school utilized group activities to not only facilitate learning but also teach … More How Beliefs and Expectations Influence Respect in the Classroom

What Makes Effective Formative Feedback? A Definition and 3 Ways to Use it in the Classroom

Formative feedback and accurate grading are skills every teacher must work to master. Excellent assessments go beyond the traditional grades and scores, and must not only help teachers build better curriculum and instruction, but must also enhance student learning. My formative feedback process often meets the description suggested by Dr. Reeves, but I have much … More What Makes Effective Formative Feedback? A Definition and 3 Ways to Use it in the Classroom

Exit Tickets: How to Use this Formative Assessment in the Classroom

Exit Tickets is a formative assessment that I will utilize in the future. It’s an assessment strategy that fits very well with both my classroom management strategies as well as assessing the effectiveness of the day’s activities and student learning. It will enhance teaching and student learning in my classroom in several distinct ways. First, … More Exit Tickets: How to Use this Formative Assessment in the Classroom

An Authentic Assessment and Rubric for 10th grade Biology Aligned with Pennsylvania Standards

Authentic Assessment for 10th grade Biology class covering standards 4.1.10 A-E 4.10.1A states that students should be able to examine the effects of limiting factors on population dynamics. 4.1.10B requires that students be able to explain the consequences of interrupting natural cycles. 4.10.10 C requires students to be able to explain how energy converts from … More An Authentic Assessment and Rubric for 10th grade Biology Aligned with Pennsylvania Standards

What are Formative, Summative, Benchmark, and Diagnostic Assessments and How Should the be Used in a Classroom?

The four types of assessments: formative, summative, benchmark, and diagnostic, are an important part of student learning in my classroom. They help to guide my instruction planning and increase accountability from the very beginning because I have a clear set of goals for myself as well as my students. While there are benchmark and diagnostic … More What are Formative, Summative, Benchmark, and Diagnostic Assessments and How Should the be Used in a Classroom?